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Pistons Trade Ben Gordon And Future 1st-Round Pick To Charlotte For Corey Maggette

The Pistons sent shooting guard Ben Gordon and a protected future first-round pick to Charlotte on Tuesday in exchange for 6-foot-6 veteran forward Corey Maggette and his expiring deal.

April 26, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon (8) in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
April 26, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon (8) in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Two days before the 2012 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons made a move to acquire Charlotte swingman Corey Maggette for high-priced guard Ben Gordon and a future 1st round draft pick, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:

A former 1st round pick back in 1999 out of Duke, the 32-year-old Maggette is the epitome of a journeyman, and has suited up in different uniform in each of the past three seasons (Golden State, Milwaukee, Charlotte). Though he is a career 16.2-point per game scorer and in pristine physical condition, Maggette's expiring contract is the real prize here for Joe Dumars and the upstart Pistons, as it offers a significant amount of flexibility heading into the draft and free agency. By miraculously stumbling into a willing taker for Gordon's albatross of a contract, Dumars looks to have found his bailout plan at the ideal time.

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